November 1, 2019 Subject:
Boot Hill Bandits & The Range Busters
I'd call it a better than average "Range Busters" western - can't give it 3 1/2 stars so I'll go with 4 stars. "Crash" Corrigan, vocalist (and a good one) "Dusty" King and comic relief, ventriloquist "Alibi" Terhune with his dummy Elmer, run down the gang of crooks who are terrorizing Boot Hill. Along the way we get a song from King and some ventriloquism from Terhune. The very lovely Jean Brooks, with her clipped and terse talking manner, provides the obligatory beauty that Corrigan and King fight over. She grew up in Texas and, evidently, knew how to ride a horse. Stanford Jolley makes a short appearance as a nasty tempered, notorious gunslinger. The gang of thieves is led by regulars John Merton and George Cheseboro, with a mystery man at the top of the chain as a nice little twist. Glenn Strange gives a nice performance as a particularly stupid outlaw who sounds a bit like Edgar Bergen's dummy "Mortimer Snerd". The acting is all around better than usual, and the plot has a few nice twists and sufficient action - gun fights, fist fights and riding - to make the whole film action packed and entertaining. Enjoy.